Drakenstein Municipality has taken a forward-looking approach to invest in this kind of sustainable and digital technology right now, as we believe this is what South Africa needs at this point in time for social governance. We need this shift in local government. In my opinion, it’s a trail-blazing move.

It underscores our ongoing commitment to excellent service delivery while ensuring a sustainable future and protected environment for the coming generations of Drakenstein. “This project comes at a time when South Africa faces immense energy challenges. Being an early adopter of this pioneering technology will enable us to share lessons learnt with our peers. As the largest Western Cape municipality (outside Cape Town) and one of the most financially sound, well-governed, and stable municipalities in South Africa, we are honoured to now also be leading by example in this regard,” says Alderman Poole. “Drakenstein Municipality is undoubtedly leading the way in establishing a modern, digitised infrastructure that enables it to remotely monitor equipment like the RM AirSeT switchgear which, in turn, allows for expanded network visibility, as well as preventative and proactive maintenance and problem-solving,” explains Vladimir Milovanovic, Vice President: Power Systems for Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa. “Furthermore, by implementing green technology such as our SF6-free switchgear, the Municipality is undoubtedly showing its commitment to mitigating its environmental footprint whilst benefiting from improved operational performance and efficiency.”

Leon Laing, Manager: Planning and Customer Services, Electro-Technical Engineering, Drakenstein Municipality, and Cllr Lorenzo Arendse, Mayoral Committee Member: Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, viewing the new RM AirSet.

Drakenstein Municipality is also partnering with global energy management leader Schneider Electric and system integration partner Altek to implement a groundbreaking electrical monitoring system, further benefiting the area’s residents and businesses by improving service delivery. This collaboration will enable the Municipality to find and fix electrical problems faster and maintain and safeguard equipment better.

VARS | September


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